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Yes I know Tony Drove in the BRC but I wanted a good responce to this topic!!

As I was reading pacenotes seen the artical on Tony Pond never herd of the guy myself but he seem quite the driver Drove an array of cars from Rover Metro GTi-HSR Chevet-TRV7 V8 and a tragic death via cancer to add to the Exciting story of Mr Pond, Just like to State my faveriot bits of the article.

"Tony was a fierce competitor.The results he got when driving the TR7 V8 prove that.
No one else could really drive the TR7 the way he could he graped it by the scruff of the neck and drove it " < This made me laugh and is the way most people should be driven there rally cars !

Tony was a real hero beating men like Jimmy Mc Rae and Ari Vatinen !! any one any other images of Pond in the HSR Chevet or the Talbot Sunbeam perhaps??

Ross


R.I.P Tony Pond:caution:

[Edited on 29-3-2006 by rossgamble1987]

[Edited on 29-3-2006 by rossgamble1987]
 

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he was good ;)

:dunno::eek::kiss::roll::D:barf::idea:;)

[Edited on 29-3-2006 by ral.ly]
 

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Pond was a fantastic driver, saw him in West Cork in 1981 in the HSR, he was my first real rallying hero....complete b***s out driving all the time....
 

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Originally posted by rossgamble1987



Tony was a real hero betting men like Jimmy Mc Rae and Ari Vatinen !!

Ross


R.I.P Tony Pond:caution:

[Edited on 29-3-2006 by rossgamble1987]


:dunno::idea::kiss::laugh:;):yes::roll::p:eek:
 

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Tony Pond was the best British drivers EVER, like the article said the reason he never made it big was due to only driving for British based teams, if he had accepted some of the rumoured offers then there is no doubt that he would have been a World Champ
 

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Donegal in the 6R4 1985 was the fastest and loudest car i had seen up to then,wiped the competition in a car he had helped develop.
The 6R4 made its International ralling debut in donegal in his hands and never will i forget the speed of Tony on the first stage,memories like that never die.

He was a class act.
 

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Originally posted by rossgamble1987
Yes I know Tony Drove in the BRC but I wanted a good responce to this topic!!

As I was reading pacenotes seen the artical on Tony Pond never herd of the guy myself but he seem quite the driver Drove an array of cars from Rover Metro GTi-HSR Chevet-TRV7 V8 and a tragic death via cancer to add to the Exciting story of Mr Pond, Just like to State my faveriot bits of the article.

"Tony was a fierce competitor.The results he got when
driving the TR7 V8 prove that.
No one else could really drive the TR7 the way he could he graped it by the scruff of the neck and drove it " < This made me laugh and is the way most people should be driven there rally cars !

Tony was a real hero beating men like Jimmy Mc Rae and Ari Vatinen !! any one any other images of Pond in the HSR Chevet or the Talbot Sunbeam perhaps??

Ross




Pond was a brilliant driver, anyone remember him on the 81 circuit charging back up through the field after a broken prop shaft (i think) dropped him way down.

Rs



R.I.P Tony Pond:caution:

[Edited on 29-3-2006 by rossgamble1987]

[Edited on 29-3-2006 by rossgamble1987]
[Edited on 29-3-2006 by RS]
 

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He appears briefly in the "Greatest Years Of Rallying - The 1980's" DVD during the '86 Portugal aftermath.

If you consider yourself a rallyfan but don't have that video, I suggest you give yourself a sound beating before making your way to the nearest purveyor of DVD's to rectify the situation. Narrated by Steve Rider, it's a stone-cold classic.
 

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Well spoken Bob!!! That is without doubt one of the best rally videos of all time, it's one you could watch over and over!!!
There's bits of it that send shivers down the spine!!! (JP Ruth, can I have it back, I gave it to ya 12 months ago!!!!!)

I have 85 Donegal on tape somewhere aswell, Pond was well up on the rest of the lads!!!

Tony Pond was a great driver, and done a lot of development work on the 6R4.
He also won Lurgan Park in one, although I cannot remember the exact year????
 

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If memory serves me correctly, Pond was 20s up on the rest of the lads after SS1 in Donegal.

They should bring out a DVD of him in action as I reckon it'd sell like hotcakes.
 

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Well Bob2 you are kinda right but he does'nt appear briefly in the "greatest years of rallying 80's" vid, he is in it a good bit. Right from the start in the early Rover days, hitting a tree in the RAC spectator stage, a brief spell with the Nissan 240RS, a good interview with him during the development of the 6R4, he was there right from the start and good coverage of the 3rd place in the 85 RAC. Ill never forget when he retired from Donegal 1985 when Plum interviewed him, he said "the throttle stuck wide open and with 400hp, thats a bit of a problem......"
 

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Originally posted by dcr22B
If memory serves me correctly, Pond was 20s up on the rest of the lads after SS1 in Donegal.

They should bring out a DVD of him in action as I reckon it'd sell like hotcakes.
In fact Pond was only 14secs quicker than anyone else on the first stage in the 85 donegal. james cullen in an escort was 2nd quickest, with both coleman and mchale a further 8 secs back
 

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I remember seeing some old footage of him in the Rover Vittesse V8 - incar on the Manx - in the fog!!!! and it was wet :eek:

It was unreal - the man knew the place like the back of his hand but even then he was still taking huge risks going through the gates at flat out rally speed.

As for him been the best British driver??? hmm - Colin McRae i think. Pond was good - no doubt but not totally world class
 

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Cullen was mad as well at that time, the vibrations of the road when the metro passed by at 100+mph was brilliant and makes you glad to be that bit older and got the chance to see Pond and Toivenan in action
 

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Think Pond would have been up there with Colin McRae, colin got more of the breaks plus the fact he didn't restrict himself to driving British makes of cars....the only proper world championship programme Pond got was with the Metro in 1986 which was a far from suitable or developed car for that level
 
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